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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, reviewed by Lester Wareham

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Dec 02, 2014 12:33 |  #1

Small and light weight, an excellent all-round macro lens and a fine portrait lens too.
Plastic construction but reliable and with good MF control.
A plastic adaptor is needed to use the TMA-B tripod ring, this means rotation in the ring is not as smooth as it is normally; this can be worked around by slackening the ring lock more.

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Dec 02, 2014 12:46 |  #2

Since you omitted the L and the IS, I guess the lens reviewed here is not the L IS lens.

(Negative evidence ...)


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Dec 02, 2014 14:24 |  #3

Archibald wrote in post #17305264external link
Since you omitted the L and the IS, I guess the lens reviewed here is not the L IS lens.

(Negative evidence ...)

The L has a seperate classification in the gear list.

Unfortunatly currently the gear list does not differentiate between the old 100mm non-USM and the current USM version, this is the latter.

Hopefully Pekka will fix this soon.


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Dec 05, 2014 16:47 |  #4

I use this lens and am very pleased with it. I have tried a few Macro lenses at (or around 100mm) and I found the Canon 100 F2.8 USM Macro to be the best combination of price and IQ. The nearest, for me, was the L version but it is considerably more expensive and I don't have much use for the IS - IQ, I couldn't tell the difference.


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Feb 11, 2015 20:41 |  #5

Mine is USM and it's an excellent lens which I use frequently for my macro shots. The AF works great but frequently I focus manually. Works great with extenders too. Here are some images taken with it

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Feb 11, 2015 20:57 |  #6

I've had the USM lens since around 2001 and it has always served me very well.


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Jan 01, 2016 05:21 |  #7

A few taken with this awesome lens on the canon 70D

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Apr 05, 2016 00:20 |  #8

I am debating on this lens or 100mmL. Is the L worth the extra 400? thanks.




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Apr 05, 2016 00:33 |  #9

ddpham wrote in post #17961192 (external link)
I am debating on this lens or 100mmL. Is the L worth the extra 400? thanks.

IS is very useful for most of us.

IS is less effective at 1:1. Sure, but it still helps. Furthermore, most of us use the lens at a range of magnifications and also at normal shooting distances where the IS is very effective. I found I needed the IS, and got the L.


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Apr 05, 2016 01:27 |  #10

Some doing macro find the IS interferes with stacking, but you can always turn it off.

The only downsides to the L is an adaptor ring is required to fit the Canon macro flashes. The L looks slightly bulkier to my eyes.

If I get a replacement I would go for the L.


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